You don’t have to like orange man, but I feel only he has the balls to call it the China Virus nowadays, so kudos to him! Never forget that #ChinaLiedPeopleDied and Twitter removed that hashtag from Trending!
Now to get to the point…
It’s probably not the end of the world, but sadly a lot of people are still going to die. Naturally, that could include you or me.
Perhaps humanity will vanquish it with a vaccine, or mutate itself into extinction or a less harmful strain. My guess is that it will likely stay with us for quite a while, especially with some idiots (and malicious individuals) spreading it around.
For better or worse, there will be permanent changes throughout society because of this thing.
Let’s start with a few pros:
More work at home. Or at least have more options for working at home. Not all jobs can take advantage of this of course, but for those that can there are a lot of positives with this:
- No need to commute for your job, which costs time and money. For some, they might not even need a car at all!
- No need to dress up for work. I hope bosses let their employees know ahead if they’re gonna have a video call or meeting so they won’t get caught in their underwear, unless strip clubs can do work at home too (they’ve adapted though!). Throw in fewer expenses for clothing too.
- Less pollution because of less driving. Might be canceled out by more electricity use and more computer manufacturing though.
- Less traffic because fewer people are driving. Rush hour traffic should be less nightmarish, especially here in the Philippines because traffic has been a massive problem here for years.
- More time with family and pets. Dogs especially will love the fact that you’re home most of the time. I did hear that people have started adopting a lot during this pandemic, but I hope they keep taking care of them even after this ends.
- Less time wasted during work. Less unneeded meetings too. I’ve heard some types of work don’t actually need the full 8 hours of work per day, and that some of that time are just busywork instead of being productive. Heck, maybe you can “go home” early after you’ve finished your job that day.
- Less chance of being infected by other people and vice versa, like with Kung Flu right now.
- More home cooking and less eating out. People might actually have the time to cook. Eat healthier and cheaper!
More self-reliance and less consumerism. Like what the Great Depression caused. This crisis laid bare how wasteful and unprepared most people are. If you can’t afford or survive a few weeks of hunkering down, then something’s very wrong!
More appreciation for firearms. And self-defense too. It doesn’t matter if you’ve stocked up if the other guy has a gun. I’ve heard a lot of newbies are heading to gun stores now in the US, with some of them who were against gun ownership. Looks like owning a gun (or more) is starting to look a lot less silly now eh? Hopefully, they’ll also increase education for firearm safety because these new gun owners might have twitchy trigger fingers.
More funding for hospitals. Especially here in the Philippines. Most of the hospitals over here don’t even have ICUs, and most of those hospitals are found in or near the capital. Most countries will need more medical personnel and facilities anyway if this virus never goes away permanently, like the flu.
More funding for medical research. Did you guys know medicines/vaccines are unprofitable? The video I linked to is about antibiotics, but it still applies.
More importance for hygiene. Do I even have to say anything about this?
More bidets! Bidets, particularly the hand-held spray types, use up less water (and chemicals?) than manufacturing toilet paper. You’ll end up with a cleaner ass too! Or, you can opt for a tabo/dipper like us Filipinos, which are also great for taking baths with.
More independence from China and overseas production. This pandemic just showed why putting factories in other countries was a bad idea.
More importance for borders. That wall is looking really attractive right now if it keeps the infected out… or in.
More respect for truck drivers, grocery employees, farmers, and factory workers. I regret that I can’t possibly list all of the essential jobs, but I hope they all get the respect they deserve after all of this AND an increase in pay. Especially so since they still get shit pay while they’re exposed to the WuFlu. I’m doubtful they’ll a raise since they’re like utilities: you don’t want them to be too expensive.
More hobbies at home. A lot of people now realizing they don’t have hobbies so they’re dying of boredom. Now’s a good time to learn how to cook, bake, garden, or learn important survival skills. Working at home might also free up more time for said hobbies.
More people online is good for online businesses, Cat Nine included of course!
Of course, there are always some cons:
On-peak levels for most of the day. I’m a little worried about the capacity and production for utilities like electricity, water, internet… and sewage, especially in the Philippines.
More expensive utilities because of the increase in demand. Utilities should be cheap, but the increase in demand might affect the prices.
More expensive… everything. If we stop or lessen outsourcing production to other countries like China that is. I do think it’s good if people buy less stuff (that they don’t need), and the higher prices might just enforce that. Hopefully, the things we do need (like medicine and hospitals) will stay the same price, if not cheaper.
Jobs and businesses that require face-to-face customer interaction might be impacted. Especially for service industries like restaurant owners, they’ll be affected if more people start cooking at home. They gotta adjust to doing more deliveries. I don’t mind this at all though since I think more people should cook at home. On the other hand, there might be more delivery and manufacturing jobs in the future.
Small websites can’t handle the new traffic, so they’ll need to upgrade to handle all the new visitors. It’s good if they’ll also profit from it after an upgrade, but not so much if they didn’t. Needless to say, this might affect Cat Nine too.
Less physical social interactions. Uh, being a super introvert loner type, this doesn’t concern me that much, but even I know how important physical interactions are for most people. Even I would prefer hanging out with my best buds in real life than online you know!
Governments might start getting more authoritarian. This might be the biggest con of all, yeah. I prefer freedom of course, but some ah, restrictions are necessary to enforce social distancing and quarantines because people can be fucking stupid or outright spread it around. To be fair to the guy, he apologized, but we all know a few who’ll remain indignant and continue to YOLO about it.
Just neutral things:
Market saturation for online businesses. In other words, similar businesses might earn less if competition is too much. Again, this could affect me too if more people start drawing webcomics haha…
Less international travel and tourism because countries might start tightening up their borders and security. This might also mean less pollution though. I’m neutral about this since this might affect my dad too because he’s a commercial pilot, and we travel for around a week somewhere every year or two.
A new baby boomer generation. It’s what will happen if everyone’s at home and they’re bored or scared. Looks like “ok boomer” is going to stay for a while!
We get to see the best and worst aspects of humanity. Let us all remember the brave ones who’ve risked, and already gave, their lives to help us make it through this. We mustn’t also forget everyone who’ve spread the virus, misinformation, hostility, greediness, and heartlessness during these trying times.
Welp, that’s all I can think of at the moment!